Whilst the UK is helping to deliver pre-deployment training for counter-insurgency operations, our package of support is not all about Boko Haram and the BMATT
is working closely with Nigerian military training schools and academies, helping to build longer term capacity as part of our enduring Defence relationship.
The phasing out of the BMATT
gave birth to the current British Peace Supporting Training Team (BPST), which has been advising the Department of Defence on training, especially in the area of Peace Support Operations.
An objective evaluation of the standards of the SANDF as at February 2001 was submitted by the outgoing commander of BMATT. Some of the salient points were: (15)
(15.) BMATT Report, February 2001 (http://www.pmg.org.za/appendix/010613_BMATT.htm).
The British, meanwhile, persevere with the BMATT
program, claiming, with some justification, that since the notorious Fifth Brigade came into contact with the Sandhurst ethic, its behavior has improved.
played a pivotal role in dispensing personnel from the Fifth Brigade to other units where they could be re-trained and military discipline installed, ahead of the seven-year military intervention in Mozambique.